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Publication Order of Jim Stanley Books

Step to the Stars (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mission to the Moon (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moon of Mutiny (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Rocket Jockey (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marooned on Mars (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Planet (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Attack from Atlantis (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Preferred Risk (With: Frederik Pohl) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nerves (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eleventh Commandment (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outpost of Jupiter (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Runaway Robot (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tunnel Through Time (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cave of Spears (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scheme of Things (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The One-Eyed Man (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rocket From Infinity (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Siege Perilous (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prisoners of Space (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Infinite Worlds of Maybe (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man without a Planet (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pstalemate (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weeping May Tarry (With: Raymond F. Jones) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rockets to Nowhere (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Police Your Planet (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battle on Mercury (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of the Giants (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Pursuit (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let 'em Breathe Space! (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sky Is Falling (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Strings Attached (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Badge of Infamy (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Victory (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Ringer (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

...And Some Were Human (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robots and Changelings (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mortals and Monsters (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gods and Golems (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Del Rey (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Early Del Rey Vol 2 (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Lester del Rey (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
War and Space (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robots and Magic (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lester del Rey Collection (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The World of Science Fiction, 1926-1976: The History of a Subculture (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Star Science Fiction Books

with Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Jack Vance, Chad Oliver, Richard Matheson, Philip K. Dick, Jack Williamson
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (By: Frederik Pohl) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space(1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Astounding Science Fiction: Volume 53, No. 6, August 1954(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Science Fiction Stories 3(1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Novelets of Science Fiction(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year, 1st Annual(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1974(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Hall of Fame: The Novellas Book 1(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantastic World War II(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Time(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Wild Little Weird Tales(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bonus Sci-Fi Anthology -- 12 Masterpieces From Golden Era(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ninth Science Fiction Megapack(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of this World Adventures, July 1950(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Alien MEGAPACK®: 25 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Stories(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Gems, Volume Twelve(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Pioneers(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Cat Weekly #22(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Cat Weekly #53(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Lester Del Rey
Lester del Rey was an American bestselling sci-fi author. He is famous for his Del Rey Books. The American author also took part in the Winston Science Fiction series and the Ballantine books. Lester del Ray also wrote under different pseudonyms such as Philip St. John, Kenneth Wright, Eric Van Lihn, and Edson McCann. The author first published in 1951, and he continued writing and publishing his works late into the 1970s.

The Runaway Robot
The Runaway Robot documents Paul’s adventures in space. This story starts on planet Ganymede where Paul lives together with his family. When his father announces that the family is going back to Earth, Paul is happy. The joy is short-lived as Paul learns that he is supposed to leave his robot Rex behind. Paul4How does Paul leave the one companion he has known for sixteen years? Paul is determined to take Rex with him and comes with a solid plan on how he is going to make this possible. This marks the beginning of an adventure as Paul and Rex try to outsmart the forces that seem too determined to separate them.
After Paul’s father sells Rex to a farmer, the sixteen-year-old goes in search of his best friend. Rex is sad to lose his master as well, and the two are determined to find each other, whatever the cost. Rex is going to get into trouble at some point, and Paul will have to ruffle a few feathers to get his way. All in all, the two are united in the end, albeit with a good dose of breathtaking adventures. The robot that once labeled mad transforms into an extraordinary one in the end. How will Rex and Paul safely get back to earth and reunite with their family? Will Paul be in a position to protect Rex from those looking to destroy him?

Told from Rex’s point of view, this is a great sci-fi book for children. First published in 1965, it is incredible how much this story appeals to the current generation. While the storyline is quite simple, the book comes without the fluff, and there are some excellent lessons for young minds as well. Read about a robot who wants so much to be human. What Rex doesn’t realize is that he is as close to human as possible. The robot has deep feelings for his friend, and the whining when things do not go his way is human. Here is also a chance to read about another planet

If you are looking for a science fiction book that will entertain and mentally challenge your child, The Runaway Robot is ideal. The book is also perfect for adults looking to reconnect with their inner child. It is safe to say that this is a coming of age story for Paul while Rex is welcomed into consciousness. Rex is a great narrator, and some parts of the story will leave you in stitches. The relationship between the two friends is sweet, and it helps that this story comes without the weirdness found is some books in this category.

Nerves is a science fiction story that features Jorgenson, a crew chief in an atomic plant. The congressional committee of the atomic plant-based in Kimberly makes a surprise inspection that creates a lot of tension in the plant. Even Old Doc Ferrell cannot enjoy his day off with family. Allan Paul, the Atomic Plant’s manager, wants all his best men present during the inspection, and Ferrell has to give up his day off and handle the suits. The manager wants everything to go well if only to stop the talks about moving the plant to a remote location.

While there have been a few accidents by midday, the giant nuclear converters are doing fine. Well, this is before the fourth converter fails, and the walls of the reactor caves in. At the time of the accident, Jorgenson and his crew are in the process of running an unstable isotope. The fusion process suddenly goes out of control. It is no secret that the disaster that could arise from this accident can destroy millions of lives. Now the plant management must move quickly to contain the situation; otherwise, the side effects will be devastating.

Jorgenson is the only man with the know-how on how to stop the reactor. Unfortunately, Jorgenson is stuck inside the reactor, and there is no way he can communicate with the rest of his team. How can millions of lives be saved when the only person who can do this is unreachable? Palmer launches a rescue mission, and several attempts later, Jorgenson is removed from the converter chamber wreckage. He is taken to the infirmary where the doctor tries to bring him back by performing heart massage. When this fails, the doctor tries an unorthodox solution. Will the doctor be able to bring Jorgenson back to life?
Nerves try to explain the effects of radiation exposure to the human body while outlining the cleanup process that follows after the accident. The writing is quite descriptive, drawing the reader into the hypothetical situation that the author creates. Even the treatment offered to Jorgenson is almost believable. The plot is relatively thick, but it helps that this is a short book that can be enjoyed in one sitting. All the characters play their role well, and the author has done a great job of maintaining the suspense to the end.

This is a captivating emergency thriller set in a time when people enjoy atomic cars, and videophone lines controlled by humans are the order of the day. It is refreshing that the author chooses the right way of dealing with an accident that puts the lives of millions in danger. The pace throughout this story is excellent, and the characters are just right for a science-fiction novel. Once again, the author shows his prowess in creating almost believable stories. Pick this book is you are looking for a short but intriguing science-fiction book.

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2 Responses to “Lester Del Rey”

  1. Sandra Berlinger: 3 years ago

    I just finished a book called “knight of the Demon Queen” by Barbara Hambly. It leaves off at a cliff hanger. Is there a sequel? If so, what?


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